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PHOENIX — Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said he would rather fire Jon Gruden than have his team appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the training camp reality series, this summer.
Gruden, who is entering Year 2 of his 10-year contract worth a reported $100 million, said he was fine with that notion.
“I’m all for whatever he wants to do,” Gruden told ESPN on Tuesday night.
Both were presumably joking, but this much is true — neither Davis nor Gruden want anything to do with the show, which is a hit for fans but a drag on coaches, staff and front-office personnel who don’t want any laundry, dirty or otherwise, being aired weekly on national television.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he is excited to help wide receiver Antonio Brown “continue his career playing at a high level.”
Marshawn Lynch played the past two seasons with the Raiders, and with coach Jon Gruden acknowledging a need at running back, he would welcome the Oakland native back for another season.
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